Penola Conservation Park

Where is it?: Penola Conservation Park is about 12km W of Penola at the corner of Rifle Range Road and Clay Wells (Robe-Penola) Road.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 227 hectares. Hundred of Monbulla – Sections 255 and 256. 1

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South East

History: The park was first proclaimed as Penola National Park on 10 September 1970.  It was reproclaimed as Penola Conservation Park on 27 April 1972. 2, 3

Habitat: Vegetation on the dunes is a woodland or open woodland of Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri). The flats associated with the wetlands support a River Red Gum (E. camaldulcnsis) woodland over annual grasses and herbs and scattered shrubs. There·are also isolated stands of Swamp Gum (E. ovata) and Rough-barked Manna Gum (E. viminalis subsp. gnetensis) on the edges of the wetter areas. In the north west of the park is a large area of low heath which is periodically inundated. Water-ribbons ( Triglochin procerum) and Yellow Marsh-flower (Villarsia reniformis) grow in the wetlands. 4                                                                       ·

More information: NPWSSA

Total Species Recorded to Date: 116 (non-passerines 55, passerines 61)

Common Species: Common Bronzewing, Laughing Kookaburra, White-browed Scrub-wren, Brown Thornbill, White-throated Treecreeper, Little Wattlebird

Less Common Species: Brolga, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Baillon’s Crake, Tawny Frogmouth, Superb Fairywren, Buff-rumped Thornbill

 1 Protected Areas Information System Property Summary Report. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, Australia.

 2 National Parks and Wildlife Act (No 56 of 1972). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 703. 27 April 1972.

  3 National Parks Act, 1966: Hundred of Monbulla—Penola National Park Declared. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 10 September 1970. 40: 1103.

  4 Small Parks of the Lower South East Management Plans. 1990. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, Australia.

Updated: 13/10/2019

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